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Licola to Mansfield via Wonangatta Station - Cup weekend

  • 3 Nov 2018
  • 9:00 AM
  • 6 Nov 2018
  • 4:00 PM
  • Licola Mansfield Wonangatta Station
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Licola to Mansfield via Wonangatta Station

 

Trip :Licola to Mansfield via Wonangatta Station

Date: Saturday 3 November to Tuesday 6 November 2018

Trip description

This trip travels over the Victorian  high country  from Licola to Mansfield visiting iconic peaks, ridgelines valleys, huts and historic places.

We  depart from the Licola General Store at 0900 on Saturday morning and travel along the Tamboritha Road up onto McFarlane saddle where we will enjoy morning tea amongst the snow gums. We then continue onto the Moroka Road and turn onto the  Mount Wellington track to Mount Wellington for stunning views over the Latrobe Valley to the south. Returning to the Moroka Road, we then visit the Moroka Hut before arriving at our overnight camp on the Moroka River at Horseyard flat. Time permitting, we can walk to the upper part of the Moroka Gorge and  waterfalls.

The next day we head up to the Pinnacles for one of the most panoramic views of the high country. We then drop  down the iconic Billy Goat Bluff Track to and cross the Wonnangatta River, passing through Eaglevale and then  up onto the Cynthia Range track, again traversing  another scenic ridge top drive. Finally we drop into the Wonangatta Valley and travel along the picturesque valley to the Wonangatta  homestead for our overnight camp. We will visit the site of the original homestead and the cemetery, both surrounded by 100 year old English trees and hear of the history of the homestead, including the mystery of the  unsolved murder.

On the third day of our trip, we head further up the valley before climbing Zeta Spur track up onto the Howitt Road along the Snowy Range and then visit Howitt Hut. We then drop down to the headwaters of the Macalister River before climbing up the King Billy Track for our overnight camp at the King Billy saddle amongst the snow gums.

On our final day we travel along the ridge line with panoramic views to both the north and south, passing by Lovicks and Bluff Huts before dropping down to the Howqua River and then  heading back to Mansfield either via Sheepyard Flat or the Stirling Ring Road, anticipating an arrival in Mansfield of around 4.00pm

Meeting place and time: Licola General Store at 0900. If you are camping at Licola on Friday night, as I will be, pls let me know and I will book a site in the Licola Caravan Park for you as  we can put a number of tents and people on the one site.

Weather:  Alpine environment, potentially cold and wet. Bring appropriate clothing, footwear and sleeping bags.

Equipment:  Vehicles are to have low range 4WD capability, good ground clearance (minimum 200mm) , good all-terrain tyres and be  UHF radio equipped. Usual recovery gear is to be carried.

Trip Standard: Medium to hard.  Some steep, low-range hill climbs and descents and some rocky tracks with a couple  of river crossings.

Fuel: a full tank ex Heyfield. Whilst there is fuel at the Licola General Store, fuel at Heyfield is better priced. As we will be camping one night at a high altitude  alpine environment, diesel fuel is to have an additive to avoid a possible gelling  of the fuel if temperatures drop below zero. Icebreaker is such an additive.

Convoy limit: 8 vehicles

Trip Leader: Graeme Allen

Contact   Graeme  on 0477488434 or graeme.allen86@gmail.com  for any queries. There is no mobile reception at Licola, so if delayed in arriving, pls ring the Licola General Store on (03) 5148 8786.

   

 

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